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Spare Parts Cheeseball PicI am finally starting to catch up on the all the films that I wanted to cover for Cheeseball Cinema which is one of my favorite segments to do. At last years Rock and Shock Horror Convention, I purchased some DVD’s from VHSPS (VHS Preservation Society) and one of the films I purchased is today’s film in Spare Parts (a.k.a. Fleisch). The film stars Jutta Speidel (For Heavens Sake) and Herbert Herrmann (Hexenschuß) as newlywed couple Monica and Mike. All they want to do is enjoy their honeymoon for some reason in New Mexico, but a sinister plot is going on at the Honeymoon Inn. People are being kidnapped and sold as unwilling organ donors at a nearby hospital. After two EMT’s failed to capture Monica, she partners up with a truck driver by the name of Bill (Wolf Roth) to get to the bottom of the issue and to try and save her husband from being butchered meat. The film also stars Charlotte Kerr (Mit siebzig hat man noch Träume) as Dr. Jackson, Christoph Lindert (Der Schlaf der Vernunft) as The Intern, Bob Cunningham (It Started In Naples) as Sergeant,  Tedi Altice as the hotel owner, Ben Zeller (Dances With Wolves) as medic, and the film was written and directed by Rainer Erler (Operation Ganymed).

Jutta SpeidelOne of the true highlights of this German film was the acting done by Wolf Roth who was absolutely superb in this TV Movie that was otherwise plagued with issues. I am not sure if it was the transfer from VHS to DVD that VHSPS did or the film itself, but the overdub was a little annoying. You could hear the audio at times before the lips ever moved and it gave me quite the task to judge their performances. Back to Wolf, he was the cool, calm, and collected truck driver who you knew in the back of his mind wanted a piece of Monica, but he was too good of a person to do so. Some of the acting from certain cast members was a little bit questionable, but overall they did a pretty decent job. My biggest issue is with how the film and the story played out. Mike gets kidnapped, she runs away, and manages to get rescued by Bill. They devise a plan to get captured and it works, but they have the truck drivers to watch their backs before they become slabs of meat. They manage to find out about the operation after stripping a man to his tighty whities and sticking him in the meat freezer. They successfully get in and deliver the EMT’s only to get trapped themselves. They travel to New York where she manages to escape again only for her to get detained by the police who for some reason decide to help her out. The only problem is that she has to team with the doctor in charge of this to get her man out before it’s too late. That is all after she was told that it was known who she was all along before she went to New York. Why all of a sudden the change of heart for the doctor and why should Monica trust her? It just went all over the place and that bothered me a little because I know where I would have gone with the story. There is the obligitory sex scene that is required in every late 70’s/80’s horror film. So check it out if you can at your own risk. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give it an 2.8 for a final grade because it was better than the last film I did.

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blood beatRock and Shock is now long gone and in the books for another great year that featured some cool guests and some great vendors. One of the vendors that I had to visit at the site was Vinegar Syndrome who is a cult film restoration company that restores films from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. So with that being said, the film I chose for today is a film that was restored by the company by the name of Blood Beat. While on Christmas break from school, Ted (James Fitzgibbons) and his girlfriend Sarah (Claudia Peyton) decide that it would be a good idea to spend the holidays with Ted’s family in rural Wisconsin. The only problem is that when they get there, Sarah starts to have weird vibes that she has never felt before. Soon after that, she is possessed by a vengeful Japanese Samurai spirit who decides to take out all of the local townsfolk before setting his sites on Ted and his family. The film also stars Helen Benton as Cathy, Terry Brown (The Princess Diaries) as Gary, Dana Day as Dolly, Peter Spelson (The Psychotronic Man) as Uncle Pete, Franck Miley as Paul, and the film was directed by Fabrice A. Zaphiratos (La grande frime). 

blood beat 2This has to be by far one of the weirdest films I have ever seen and not weird in the sense of weird happenings, but rather in the style. First of all it makes no sense that a Japanese Samurai spirit would be in rural Wisconsin and that was my first problem with the film, but I can suspend reality for the time. The second thing I had a problem with in this film is that is starts off making you think it’s going to be a film about the mother being able to see everything that goes on through her art. That would leave you to believe that something would happen between her and her son’s girlfriend. Instead, it all leads to the samurai being the focus of this supernatural slasher flick. The other thing that gets me is the corny special effects, but that actually made the film more interesting. They would have these beams of blue light around the samurai while the family channeled their inner Ryu with the red beams around their hands as they hadoukened the Samurai spirit together. Oh the other thing that gets me is when something bad happens, it turns into a 70’s Sabbath/Alice Cooper video with all the colors overtaking the screen (you know what I am talking about). Stylistically, it’s actually a pretty artsy film so I get why someone may want to restore this one for sure. I also loved how the climaxing scenes feature the classic O Fortuna (Carmina Burana) to help drive home the action. I thought that was a very nice touch for the film, but it probably won’t help the final grade. While I enjoyed watching the film, there were just way too many faults for me which is why I am giving the film an C for a final grade. This would’ve made an excellent Cheeseball Cinema film for sure.

tlhfheaderYesterday I ventured to Worcester, Massachusetts to attend the 13TH Annual Rock And Shock Horror and Music Convention for the second year in a row. While I was there, I stopped by the Troma booth and decided that this year I would pick up a film from them and I chose The Last Horror Film which is also today’s film. Vinny (Joe Spinell) is a New York City taxi driver, but that isn’t Vinny’s passion in life. All Vinny wants to do with his life is be the best horror director in the world and he hopes that his crush Jana Bates (Caroline Munro) will star in it. So, he packs up his things and he heads to Cannes, France to try and get her to star in his film. Meanwhile, people that are close to Jana are starting to get killed and Vinny is suspected of the murders. The film also stars Susanne Benton (Catch-22) as Susan Archer, Glenn Jacobson (Trick Or Treats) as Bret Bates, Judd Hamilton (Maniac) as Alan Cunningham, David Winters (West Side Story) as Stanley Kline, Devin Goldenberg (The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood) as Marty Bernstein, Filomena Spagnuolo (The Godfather) as Vinny’s Mother, J’Len Winters as Girl In Jacuzzi, and the film was directed by David Winters.

6a017d4117b2c6970c01a3fd3d3c50970b-800wiSpoiler Alert: There may be information contained in this Article that could potentially spoil the plot of the film so continue with caution or do not read any further if you do not want to know. Joe Spinell is an incredible actor for the horror genre having starred in the jaw dropping Maniac as well as having starred in other great non-horror films. I have t be honest in saying that Joe absolutely sells you on the idea that he is this obsessed fan who will stop at nothing to talk to Jana Bates about his film. During the film, you are led to believe that it’s Vinny who is committing the crimes, but man the big reveal at the end of the film I did not see coming. The problem is that there is a lot of imagery that is thrown in there that makes you believe he is off his rocker. Like the picture you see to the left, that is him rubbing himself sexually while she is being projected on to the wall through video or the hundreds of pictures he has of her hanging on his wall. He also seems to be in the same vicinity as the victims every time something happens which makes you think he is guilty as charged.  The film had everything from a great maniac to a Bond girl and plenty of topless nudity to please any horror fan. You definitely need to check this one if you were a fan of the original Maniac film or Joe Spinell. The film does not disappoint at all and I can understand why Troma jumped all over this film. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

The-Darkness-Album-Cover.pngWhen it came to choosing this week’s album of the week, it sort of came to me last minute only because I was just introduced to this group’s music. I am going to admit that I used to be a fan of the Insane Clown Posse, but I feel out of love with their music and sort of became disenchanted by it. So, naturally I ignored everything that had to due with them or their label Psychopathic Records. Little did I know how much I was going to like one of the label’s former act in Twiztid as I was introduced to them this past weekend at Rock And Shock. After hearing some of their songs from various albums, I instantly became a fan of theirs and that is why I chose the horrorcore band’s latest effort The Darkness as this week’s album of the week. The group is made up of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child and their style can be categorized as Horrorcore or even Hardcore Hip Hop as the band infuses some heavy guitars into their music. The Darkness is the band’s 10TH album, 29TH release overall, and it’s their first under their own label Majik Ninja Entertainment. To date the album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, number 4 on the Top Rap charts, and number 3 on the independents charts which is impressive for an underground group with no radio airplay.

1. Why Won’t You Answer– This is an intro track that opens up the album where he leaves a message crying and sobbing on an answering machine.

401894_12. Afraid Of The Dark– It’s a quick track with a pretty cool guitar riff behind it that reminds me of like an Eminem style hip hop about the boogeyman before it leads into the next track. 4/5

3. In Hell– The track starts off with what sounds like a monster trapped with chains. Once the music comes in, it’s a cool and eerie tempo where both talk about each others deaths and their battles in hell. 4/5

4. Back To Hell– Another hard as hell track with a cool riff and beat in a track that is more Nu-metal than anything cause the rhymes are slowed down. This is one of my favorite tracks on the record. 5/5

5. Problems with Medication– This is another skit on the album, but it’s Sid Haig this time leaving a message. Very funny.

6. A Little Fucked Up– A true hip hop song that sees the band rapping about how they like basically like murder cause they a little f***ed up. 4/5

7. Boogieman (Intro)– This is a great intro with a mom telling her kids a bedtime story about the boogieman.

1401x788-Twiztid-Cutout-2-HDR-28. Boogieman– this band can bring a dope beat and make a little eerie as this one is obviously about the boogieman 4/5

9. Down Here– a classic track about the band embracing the fact that they underground and proud of it. 4/5

10. Dr. Weasel (Skit)– Another skit on the record that this time features Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects).

11. F.T.S.– a track with a hardcore guitar riff with the band showcasing their rapping abilities and its basically the bands F*** you to the system. 4/5

12. Take It Away– It starts with a cool piano part before it introduces the guitar, but it’s definitely ballad like. It seems to be a track about even though times can be tough, you have to still overcome the odds. 4.5/5

13. On and On– This has a very From Dusk Till Dawn feel to it with the Santana like guitar riff in a track about how quick people are to try and make your life a living hell. 4.5/5

14. No Breaks– I love this trac because it has an old school Beastie Boys feel to it and even the music video for it does as well. One of my favorite tracks. 5/5

15. Seance– a cool hip hop song with some soul in it about exactly what the title of the song is. 4.5/5

16. The Exorcism– This can be considered the outro of the album unless you have the one with the bonus tracks, but it’s exactly as described.

My Final Thoughts– I haven’t every album the band has released in full, but these guys are so versatile and they grow with their music. I am so glad that I was introduced to them because I am a fan. This is one of the best albums that I have heard from an act especially a hip hop act. I suggest that you definitely check these guys out. I am giving the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

rock and shockThis past weekend in Worcester, MA, the 12TH Annual Rock And Shock Horror convention took over both the Palladium and The DCU Center for three nights of horror and music. The music side that took place at the Palladium featured three days worth of shows that featured Soulfly on Friday, Danzig & Superjoint on Saturday, and Twiztid on Sunday. The horror convention side which took place at The DCU Center featured the likes of Doug Bradley, Samantha Mathis, Tobin Bell, Robert Allen Mukes, Derek Mears, William Forsythe, Erika Ervin, Naomi Grossman, Bill Moseley, and so many more. Not only were there special guests, but there were plenty of vendors as well from all over like the Troma, Vinegar Syndrome, Bar Accessories INC., Bad Moon Consignment, Famous Monsters Of Filmland, Hellcat Press, Prince Of Pieces, Rhode Island Comic Con, Scares That Care, and so many more.

me and adam greenOut of all the 12 years that this convention has existed, this was my very first time eve attending one of these and I have no idea why. There is so much to do in one of these that you can forget the time and not even care because you are having so much fun. The overall attitude of the event is nothing, but of a fun nature because for horror fans like me this is heaven on earth. One of the first things I did when I got inside the convention was I needed to find where al of the legends were sitting and I found them with ease. The first person I met in the whole show is one of Hollywood’s most underrated actor of all time in Bill Moseley. Bill Moseley was arguably the star of The Devil’s Rejects, House Of 1000 Corpses, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, and so many more. He was such a such a cool guy that I wish there were more like him at these conventions. The next person I met was Bill Johnson who played Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II. After him I made a b-line all the way to Tobin Bell who was famous for playing Jigsaw in the Saw franchise. Tobin was very excited to tell me about his newest project the Manson Family Vacation which is a different take on the famous story. The film is out on iTunes right now and on Netflix I believe by October 27TH. The rest of the day included me meeting the legend George A. Romero, Adam Green, Doug Bradley, and a very good conversation with Michael Reid Mackay (The Monster Squad, Insidious: Chapter 3). One of the cool things that I also witnessed on Sunday was a press conference for Twiztid and that was pretty interesting. The one thing I can say about the group is that they care tremendously for their fans. As I said before, I regret not going to any other Rock And Shock in my life before and I suggest that every horror fan go to an event like this one.